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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

See a selection of Spain’s incredible attractions at a discounted price with a Madrid combo tour. In the morning, discover the architectural grandeur of the El Escorial monastery and feel emotionally stirred at the Valley of the Fallen monument, a moving sculpture that commemorates the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon, venture to the royal city of Aranjuez and visit the regal residences and impressive monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a knowledgeable guide. Save 15% percent when booking both of these enriching excursions.
  • Combo day trip from Madrid to El Escorial and Aranjuez
  • Morning tour of El Escorial monastery and Valley of the Fallen and afternoon trip to Aranjuez
  • Visit the gorgeous Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in Aranjuez and discover the beauty of its gardens
  • Guided tour of El Escorial monastery, including the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica
  • Save 15% by booking this combo tour!
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Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Individual radio-guided system
Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
Entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen Depart from a centrally located pickup point in Madrid and travel by air-conditioned coach to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real. Listen as your guide introduces you to the rich history of the structure and then embark on a tour of the complex on arrival. Visit the remarkable Pantheon of Kings; admire the extensive collection of artwork in the basilica; and marvel at the elaborate Renaissance design of the palace.

Next, return to the vehicle and travel to the Valley of the Fallen, a moving monument cradled by the greenery of El Escorial. Gaze at the basilica built into the rugged side of a mountain and capture photographs of the gigantic granite cross that tops the sacred structure.

Enjoy some leisurely free time to eat lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before continuing with the second part of your Super Saver tour.

Afternoon Tour: AranjuezAfter lunch, head to the traditional town of Aranjuez and observe the majestic architecture and regal palaces of the UNESCO-listed city. Appreciate the façade of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and hear of its former inhabitants while taking a tour of opulent chambers like the Throne Room of Elizabeth II and the Prince’s Gardens. .
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Check in at our office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city aboard one of our comfortable air-conditioned coaches. Enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum it contains and the story behind the 21 years it took to build the site. Of Renaissance style, you will marvel at the building symmetry. Listen to your guide explanations as you walk along the site visiting the Habsburg’s Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica and the remarkable library.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Valley of the Fallen
Board your bus again at the end of the guided tour for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9km away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. You will be able to see it from far away thanks to the monumental cross built above the site. The monument is an underground church built into the mountain. The same is topped by the World’s Largest Cross, which can be seen from miles away.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Royal Palace of Aranjuez
Check in at our office in central Madrid at least 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city towards Aranjuez aboard one of our air-conditioned coaches. Discover one of the Royal Sites 46km south of Madrid, on the magnificent valley of the Tagus River. Famous for its Royal Palace, the site also has incredible gardens not to be missed. So much so that UNESCO declared Aranjuez Cultural Landscape a World Heritage Site in 2001. The Royal Palace has a mix of decorative styles, clearly exposed at the China Porcelain Chamber and at the Throne Room of Elizabeth II. See the Prince’s, the Island and the Parterre Gardens; characterized by a great variety of vegetation and tree species. Visit the Royal Borges Museum built in 1963 and see the collection of ancient boats used by the royal families to navigate the Tagus River.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security Staff: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Julià Travel reserves the right to modify or cancel the tour itinerary due to events celebrated in the city or force majeure operational reasons without prior notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip.

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Julia tour guides are very bad. with...
ROBERTO ACOSTA A
, Oct 2016
Julia tour guides are very bad. with very few exceptions
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It's am unexpected combination of...
Boris K
, Sep 2016
It's am unexpected combination of two independent half-day tours into one, with different groups, buses, guides. Very inconvenient and tour senseless. But the worst thing is multi-lingual group and multi-language narrative. It's not a guide problem, but tour in three languages pronounced fast and mechanical is a big problem.
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Poor quality, disorganized, no time...
Jerry D
, Oct 2015
Poor quality, disorganized, no time for pics, it was always running from this to this to that, do not book tours with this particular local tour operator, horribleeeee
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El Escorial is a beautiful...
Duayne K
, Sep 2015
El Escorial is a beautiful structure. The Valley of the Fallen is something you have to see to understand the scale of the place, it is enormous. It is hard to think of the majesty of the setting and the grander of the basilica, and know that it was all done on orders of Franco, for his mausoleum, and was done with concentration camp labor. Truly a place to see and to contemplate. The Aranjuez place is magnificent
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The places were definitely worth the...
Hal
, Aug 2015
The places were definitely worth the visit. Poor communication at Julia's travel. Guide did her best to work with a large group. We were the only couple who spoke English and part of the on- time minority. Most of the communication was in Spanish.
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The sights are fascinating. The...
Amitava G
, Jul 2015
The sights are fascinating. The guide also knew her stuff. However she was very impersonal and fairly patronising and condescending to the tourists
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Two problems. First, I booked a...
William L
, Jul 2013
Two problems. First, I booked a full day tour that was supposed to included lunch, only to discover at noon that my wife and I were not to be given lunch and would have to find a place to eat by ourselves. Second, the guide at Aranjuez was bored and boring, and responded with dismissive and annoyed arrogance to a very simple question (I looked up the answer myself after our return home, and found that I was right and the guide was wrong.)
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This trip actually is a two-part...
EUGENE K
, Sep 2012
This trip actually is a two-part excursion provided by two different guides in two different buses. El Escorial itself is impressive but they take straight into the building. The scale of the building is so immense that it can be viewed only from some distance. The tour operator should adjust this visit to give tourists full impression this grandiose monument. Aranjuez is a jewel for those into baroque and palace architecture although the premises of the palace are run down.
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Nice places to visit, with some...
Fernando L
, Apr 2012
Nice places to visit, with some drawbacks 1. This is a combination of two different tours, so you will spend two extra hour getting back to Julia's office in Downtown Madrid, waiting for the next departure and leaving again the congestion of Downtown 2. The departure to Escorial was a bit disorganized and we left 20 minutes late (not because any passenger was missing) 3. The driver had no idea where to go, he was constantly getting lost, taking wrong entrances...he almost took a wrong way when we exit Valle de los Caidos 4. The guide was a very unpleasant woman. She was shouting to the driver all the time, in front of all of us. Actually she was so mean that all the passengers were laughing. 5. She said she could not do the guide tour inside the Basilica at Valle de los Caidos for some political prescription, but there were another guide tour inside. 6. They did not give us time to walk around the gardens of El Escorial, which seems to be beautiful 7. The visit inside El Escorial was too fast, we were almost running. She kept repeating that we needed to be back in MAdrid because some passengers needed to go to some lunch before their tour to Toledo. The Aranjuez tour was much better, the guide was a nice laid back guy, with better attitude and a lot of humor.
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La visite à Aranjuez a été trop...
jurout
, Sep 2014
La visite à Aranjuez a été trop court du fait que nous partions de Madrid seulement à trois heures. Quant à celle de l'Escorial , trop courte aussi .Ce serait primordial d'inclure la bibliothèque dans cette visite. La Vallée et la Basilique Mausolée de Franco offre très peu d'intérêt à mon avis.
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